Medical Journal Paper Argues For Killing Unwanted Babies AFTER Birth
I am literally sick to my stomach after reading this:
J Med Ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2011-100411
Law, ethics and medicine
After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?
by: Alberto Giubilini & Francesca Minerva
Please feel free to email your thoughts to both authors to here: email@example.com
This is what I emailed. Feel free to just copy and paste part if you are too busy but would like to object to this line of reasoning. I do that sometimes for petitions or letters sent to representatives.
Alberto Giubilini &
As a mother of a simply fantastic son who has Down syndrome, your paper, “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?”
truly breaks my heart. Today I attended a funeral for a 14 year old girl who had Down syndrome. I realized today how much I loved her brother the second I met him years ago. I realized then too that I instantly and deeply loved a few other people in my life and didn’t learn until later that they all had siblings with special needs. Loving someone with special needs makes us better people from the inside out. It shines through us. The world will stamp out it’s own light if it eliminates these people and the abstract of this article seems to assume that of course you would kill a baby with disabilities, but hopes to argue that it’s also ok to kill a baby without disabilities. My heart is literally broken by the rational behind this article.
As an Anthropologist, I would encourage the authors to realize that their “paper” does not belong in an Ethics journal, not only because there are no ethics present in this thinking, but also because the paper hopes to prove the fact that babies are not persons and this is really just not a paper worth publishing. As any scientist worth reading would know, a good scientific experiment cannot prove the “not” existence of something because it cannot be observed. The argument that a baby does not have personhood in existence is weak and impossible to prove with any real science.
Please do not reply to this email because, using the logic in your paper, I would assert that YOU are not capable of personhood because you lack basic human components such as common sense and compassion and therefore nothing you non-persons have to offer is worth reading.
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